Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cabin Fever

This is the worst time of the year for, me any way, here in Interior Alaska. This is when I get cabin fever. Cabin fever is defined as "Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area" Well I am not in a remote region but I would say I am confined indoors.

Why, because you can't do anything. snow melts during the day and then the melt freezes at night, only to melt during the day. The river is still frozen, but slushy and to dangerous to go on. So you really cant do anything. Weather for today is snow/rain showers. High today should be 41. One good thing is we can go out without coats, even though the high is only 41.

My wife Arlene took this picture on the left at the start of Badger Road the other day. If you click on it, you can see it is a new parking lot. Only problem is, you would need a boat to get to your car. But after break up, it should dry up and allow for parking . The owner is being proactive, there is a sign on the fence asking for filler dirt.

I sent this to the News Miner to see if they would print it.

I lived in Omaha, Nebraska, and this time of year their roads, including the highways would have numerous pot holes. Pot holes so large you could lose your car in them. But a good thing about living here is I don't see any pot holes on the major roads. I do get my teeth rattled when I drive down South Cushman in the vette.

But the highways do have a problem with permafrost. You place a highway on permafrost, it will cause the permafrost to melt. This will result in the highway buckling. It really doesn't crack, it just drops a few inches. Makes for exciting driving in the vette

Speaking of the vette, I had to order tires for it last week. 2000 dollars for four!! For the British reader that's 2,958.62 pounds and those in Europe that is 2605.4 Euros. What was funny is the clerk wanted to know if I wanted them FedEx ed here, heck I cant get it out of the garage till May.

My bet on break up is May 1, 12:05 PM!!

This is the wife Arlene,